Tender Perennial Plants

Plants are not available to order online. Plants can be bought at the nursery any time or they can be delivered by mail order between Sept and March.

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These plants can all be bought from the nursery, depending on availability at the time.

Mail order Sept-March only, £15 delivery charge. Plants cannot be ordered online. Please contact us if you wish to order.

What is available changes constantly, please contact us.

Many are also available as seeds in our online shop.

Aeonium tabuliforme

Dead flat spirals of flat succulent green leaves. Invites patting. After 3-4 years erupts with yellow flowers. Houseplant 1″ x 4″

Agastache ex 'Painted Lady'

Agastache ex ‘Painted Lady’

Tall spikes of large pinky-coral flowers. Seedlings various but nice, all have fragrant mint/ liquorice leaves. Tender, likes sun and drainage.

(also available as seed)

Ageratum corymbosum

Ageratum corymbosum

Extraordinary 4-6ft! giant Ageratum. Big velvety dark leaves, luminous pale purple fluffy flowers. Tender shrub, tolerates some frost

Anisodontea deep pink hybrid

Big deep pink flowers all summer. Tender shrub, likes sun 36″

(also available as seed)

Argryanthemum ‘Jamaica Primrose’

Big pale yellow daisies all summer. Will not stop blooming till frost kills it. Just gets better with age 36″

Aristea major

Dense spikes of deep blue flowers above evergreen sword-like leaves. Borderline hardy, likes sun 4-5ft

(also available as seed)

Astelia chathamica

Big silver-leaved borderline hardy but gorgeous foliage plant

(also available as seed)

Centaurea ragusina

Showy finely cut silver foliage, bright yellow thistle flowers, Tender, fast- growing, sun & drainage. Sow spring. 15″ x 24″

(also available as seed)

Coleonema pulchellum

BREATH OF HEAVEN

Fine fragrant foliage, good clipped, spangled with tiny pink flowers. Likes sun & drainage 24″

(also available as seed)

Coleonema pulchellum

‘Sunset Gold’

BREATH OF HEAVEN

Fine fragrant gp;dem foliage, good clipped, spangled with tiny pink flowers. Likes sun & drainage 24″

Dahlia coccinea

Brilliant red-orange single Dahlia, wild species, so airy habit. Tender, protect tuber in winter 36″

(also available as seed)

Dahlia ex ‘Twynings After Eight’

Seed from white-flowered black-leaved Dahlia. The most slug-resistant one I have. No idea what will come from it. Tender 40”

Dianthus 'Darkest of All'

Dianella tasmanica

Lavender flowers in June, long sprays of big bright purple berries in August. Tender evergreen perennial. Handsome leaves. 30″

Geranium maderense

Explosion of pink flowers, very showy, handsome leaves, stiff stem 3-4 years to flower, tender, sow spring 40″

(also available as seed)

Geranium maderense ‘Album’

NEW, rare, white flowers with magenta eye. Very showy, handsome leaves, stiff stem 3-4 years to flower, tender, sow spring 36″ (also available as seed)

Gladiolus flanaganii

Suicide Lily, because it grows in such inaccessible places. Bright red flowers July, half hardy bulb 18″ (also available as seed)

Impatiens namchabarwensis

Rare blue buzy lizzie, discovered in Tibet in 2003! Tuberous perennial, tender 12″

Linaria triornithophora Pink form

Buds like three parakeets sitting on a branch. Quite large pale pink flowers on airy 36″ stems. Borderline hardy, can grow as annual, likes sun & drainage. (also available as seed)

Melanoselinum decipiens

Bright lime-green divided leaves on a woody stem. After a few year erupts into 3ft flowerhead up to 8ft tall! Monocarpic. (also available as seed)

(young foliage of Melanoselinum decipiens)

Nasturtium ‘Hermione Grashof’

Very double bright red orange flowers. Blooms above its leaves and goes on blooming forever. Completely sterile, must be propagated from cuttings every Sept and overwintered frostfree. Trails 36″

Nasturtium ‘Margaret Long’

Very double apricot flowers. Blooms above its leaves and goes on blooming forever. Completely sterile, must be propagated from cuttings every Sept and overwintered frostfree, Trails 18″

Nauplius sericeus

Silvery shrub with fruit-scented shining leaves. Big yellow daisies tight on foliage. Needs full sun and good drainage. Tender 18″

(also available as seed)

Plectranthus argentatus

Silver velvet leaves topped with fine lacey spires of palest lavender flowers in Sept-Oct. Tender perennial, sun or shade, 36″

(also available as seed)

Rhodochiton atrosanguineus

Rhodochiton atrosanguineus

Obscene but charming tender climber. Black flowers below purple bracts. Can grow as annual, but overwinter frostfree for best display. 4ft. (also available as seed)

Salvia africana-coerulea

pale blue flowers followed by rusty bracts 24”

Salvia ‘Black Knight’

dark purply blue flowers 36”

Salvia blepharophylla

bright red 15”

Salvia blepharophylla ‘Painted Lady’

bigger bright red flowers 15”

Salvia confertiflora

tall, slender red-orange spikes 4ft+

Salvia darcyii

bright red, velvety leaves 36”

Salvia discolor

grey leaves, black flowers 30”

Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’

dark blue long slender arching spires 4ft+

Salvia involucrata

Long spikes of deep rose flowers 30”

Salvia lanceolata

pinkish flowers followed by huge rusty bracts, narrow grey leaves 20”

Salvia leucantha

purple and white velvet spikes, like crushed chenille 4ft

Salvia macrophylla ‘Peru Blue’

bright blue pointed flower spikes 20”

(also available as seed)

Salvia macrophylla upright form

bright blue pointed flower spikes 36”

(also available as seed)

Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’

shorter Indigo Spires 30”

Salvia ‘Phyllis’ Fancy’

gorgeous arching spires in shades of lavender Aug-Oct 36”

Salvia vanhouttei ‘Helen Dillon’

deep purple 36”

Salvia van-houttei ‘Jimi’s Good Red’

bright red, early blooming 36”

Sesbania punicea

Red-orange pea flowers on acacia-like leaves. Annual/ tender perennial, likes sun, not too dry. 30″ (8ft if not frosted). Poisonous

Solanum laciniatum

Solanum laciniatum

KANGAROO APPLE

Tender evergreen, can grow as architectural annual, handsome shiny leaves, blue flowers, orange fruits, poisonous?, sun, 5-6ft (also available as seed)

Sutherlandia montanum (= Lessertia montanum)

Bright red 1” flared pea-like flowers, big shiny inflated translucent seedpods, fine leaves. Tender, sun & drainage 36” (also available as seed)

Tigridia pavonia lemon

PEACOCK FLOWER

Gorgeous big pale lemon exotic-looking flowers, three broad petals around central bowl. Flowers all summer, though each flower lasts only one day. Half hardy bulb, dig up corms or sow seed annually. Likes sun & good drainage 18″

(also available as seed)

Tigridia pavonia white

PEACOCK FLOWER

Gorgeous big pure white exotic-looking flowers, three broad petals around central bowl. Flowers all summer, though individual flowers last only a day

(also available as seed)

Tradescantia ‘Maiden’s Blush’

Tweedia coerulea

Tweedia coerulea

(syn. Oxypetalon coerulea)

Ice blue flowers appear to be cut from velvet. Tender perennial or treat as annual. 24″, likes sun. (also available as seed)

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